Smoke & Fire


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 3/6/18

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Smoke is on fire! Smoked gouda. Fire roasted garlic. Smoky barbeque. Applewood smoked. If you take a look at some of the fastest growing flavor profiles, you’ll notice that a lot of them incorporate elements of smoke or fire. Why might that be? Perhaps due in part to the barbeque craze of recent years, consumers are seeking out products that feature a fire or smoked flavor. This trend isn’t limited to meats; vegetables, snacks, and even dairy have been taking on smoky and fiery flavors.

Smoke adds more complexity to a flavor, which is particularly appealing to millennials who are seeking out new and interesting flavors. Consumers are more adventurous now than ever and are constantly on the lookout for different foods and flavors. By adding a smoky element to a familiar flavor, like cheddar, for example, a product might generate new interest.

AdobeStock 66442999Consumers are also growing increasingly interested in food that tells a story. They like knowing the origins of their food and how it was prepared. In general, flavors that reference particular preparation methods, like roasting, smoking, charring, toasting and grilling, are all on the rise – not just in foodservice, but also in retail. There’s a lot more interest now from consumers in terms of knowing what techniques are being used in preparing their food, leading to more callouts to preparation methods on restaurant menus.

So what are our favorite smoke and fire infused flavors? Smoky maple with whiskey and apple, fire roasted garlic & caramelized onion, smoky bloody mary, and fire grilled poblano.

With smoke and fire, the options are limitless. At RCA 2018, Chef Elizabeth Lindemer will be showcasing some of her smoke and fire inspired creations, including campfire s’mores cupcakes and grilled shrimp with Mississippi comeback sauce. To find out more details about our booth at the RCA show, click here.

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Countdown to Game Day


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 1/2/18

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The holiday season is all wrapped up, and everyone knows what that means... the countdown to game day has begun. Not only are football teams preparing for one of the biggest sporting events of the year, but consumers are preparing to bring their A-game on salty, savory and sweet snacks and appetizers for game day consumption. With just thirty-four days to go until the big game, consumers are on the hunt for creative, social media worthy and indulgent recipes and snacks to liven up their game day celebrations. Here are some of our favorite game day perfect items, featuring Fuchs’ seasonings:

PopcornChipotle Caramel PopcornSmoky chipotle peppers with a touch of heat comes together with sweet and buttery caramel to create a fun topping for popcorn, roasted nuts, crackers or other snacks!

Honey Sriracha WingsThis blend of sweet honey with the kick of Sriracha along with savory garlic, onions and tomatoes is perfect for shaking on already cooked wings or using as marinade. Also goes great on pork chops, chicken filets, French fries or whatever else you would like to add a little sweet and spicy hit of flavor.

DipCaramelized Onion & Roasted Garlic DipRoasted Garlic was among the top growth flavors in foodservice this year, so it made sense for us to incorporate it into this dip seasoning from our Game Day Glory III Collection, released in January.

Chick Chick ChiliAlso from Game Day III, our Chick Chick Chili Soup Base makes for a hearty and warm soup perfect for game day.

 

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Fuchs’ 2018 Flavor Trends at a Glance


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 12/12/17

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It’s hard to believe that 2017 is coming to a close and we’re already looking ahead to 2018 food and flavor trends. This year, it’s been particularly fascinating to see how our predicted 2017 trends ended up playing out in the marketplace. Let’s take a quick look back at what trends shaped 2017, and our predictions for 2018.

2017 Year in Review

AdobeStock 120667187Hot and spicy flavors ruled 2017, as Millennials sought out unique peppers, complex ethnic flavors, and flavors that turned eating into a challenge or experience, like Ghost Pepper. In terms of ethnic cuisine, African and Indian both saw major increases in popularity, as Mediterranean, Latin, and Southeast Asian flavors continued to show growth. Pickled and fermented flavors also continued to grow, especially due to perceptions of their potential health benefits, as well as consumers’ demand for sour flavors. Indulgent foods and flavors, especially comfort foods, saw an increase this year as well, due to the “treat yourself” mentality, much in opposition with the healthy food and flavor trends of recent years.

Looking Forward to 2018

There are already several trends shaping up to have a major impact on the food industry in 2018. Some familiar trends, too, will take new forms and introduce consumers to new ingredients and the cuisines of other regions of the world. We’re predicting the following to be among the most notable upcoming flavor trends of 2018:

Ethnic Interest

AdobeStock 57806362Over the past few years, consumers have become more interested in the foods and flavors of other parts of the world. Millennials, in particular, are becoming more globally conscious citizens, and they want to experience other cultures. This trend has pushed Latin, Mediterranean, and Asian food into the spotlight in recent years. While those cuisines are not going anywhere anytime soon, 2018 will see a rise in Indian, Korean, Yemeni, Israeli, African, and Filipino food and flavors. Among the flavors getting the most buzz? Tamarind, a tangy fruit commonly featured in African cuisine, Zhug/Skhug, a spicy green hot sauce used in Yemeni and Israeli cuisine, and ube, a purple yam commonly featured in Filippino food.

In addition to seeing a rise in these particular ethnic foods, we’ll also see more ethnic fusion. While ethnic fusion has continued to grow in popularity over the past few years, expect to see more fearless food and flavor combos inspired by global cuisine. As consumers get more adventurous, so will the potential ethnic fusion combinations.

Flavors with Function

AdobeStock 157088477Health conscious consumers want their food to have a function. Therefore, functional flavors and spices will grow evermore popular in 2018. Spices that are touted for their health benefits, like turmeric, ginger, and cinnamon, will continue to see increases in 2018 as the demand for flavors that function increases. Similarly, matcha and activated charcoal will make their way into more products and menu items, as consumers are seeking these out for their potential health properties. For an increasing number of consumers, food isn’t just supposed to taste good; it’s also supposed to prevent diseases, provide energy and have healing properties.

Happy Hour Any Hour

AdobeStock 106225706In 2018, alcoholic beverage inspired flavors will be everywhere. From snacks to desserts to proteins, this trend picked up steam in 2017 and will rise to prominence in 2018, as consumers look for their favorite beverage flavors to be enjoyable at any time of day. Wine-inspired flavors, in particular, will see a boost this upcoming year.

Sophisticated Ingredients

Consumers, especially Millennials, are looking beyond familiar flavors and ingredients and seeking out more unique, sophisticated options. These consumers are adventurous and want to try new things – and a wide variety of new things. This trend is going beyond truffles and pink sea salt, as consumers are seeking unique flavor combinations and sophisticated ingredients. Even floral flavors are predicted to experience substantial growth in 2018, demonstrating the vast array of ingredients that consumers are interested in.

Moving Forward with Fuchs

At Fuchs, we have seasonings inspired by every season to help you figure out your next LTO or seasonal product line – and the taste trend research to back it up.

And Fuchs’ innovation doesn’t stop there. Our R&D team will develop custom seasoning solutions for your needs!

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Getting Comfy with Comfort Food


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 11/14/17

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Maybe it’s due to current events, or maybe life has gotten more stressful. Maybe people are feeling particularly nostalgic and craving mom’s cooking, or maybe this is due to the indulgent food trends we’ve been seeing. Either way, comfort food has made a major come back in recent years, and it doesn’t appear to be going anywhere anytime soon.

AdobeStock 72110619 1Comfort food encompasses a wide range of dishes, both savory and sweet, and each region or country may have its own set of comfort foods. What makes a food a “comfort food”? These are the foods that we grew up with; foods that make us feel nostalgic about our childhoods. They’re foods that feel inherently good because they remind us of home. Perhaps that’s why we tend to turn to comfort foods in times of stress. For a while, comfort foods were trending primarily in fall and winter, but now, we’re seeing comfort food items on menus and in retail all year round.

One might think that due to the rise of recent health and wellness trends, comfort food would be on the decline. Comfort food, however, is still seeing gains, especially on restaurant menus and the frozen aisle, but also even on snacks. Consumers like products that turn eating into an experience, and comfort foods do just that by offering a nostalgic experience. Not only that, but because comfort foods are typically perceived to be homemade, they’re often times perceived to be healthy too.

Here’s our breakdown of the comfort food trend:

1. Just like Mom Made – But with a Twist
Comfort food dishes and flavors like pot roast, mac and cheese, chili with cornbread, chocolate chip cookies, and grilled cheese & tomato soup, remind consumers of their childhoods. Consumers are looking for a modern take on these popular and iconic dishes, so expect to see new twists on these dishes. All the comfort consumers love, but with trendier ingredients and flavors. There are entire restaurants, for example, that are dedicated to making modern takes on mac and cheese that include trendier ingredients like sriracha, olives, Indian spices, and Gruyere.

2. Regional American Comfort Foods
AdobeStock 102462724The South is known for its comfort food, and so it’s no surprise that Shrimp & Grits, Biscuits & Gravy, and Chicken & Waffles have made their way into restaurants of all types – everything from QSRs to fine dining – and onto your favorite snacks. Expect to see more regional American influences as consumers continue to demand comfort foods.

AdobeStock 1107363913. Ethnic Influence
Ethnic food, in general, has been among the biggest and most pervasive trends of the last few years. Unsurprisingly, ethnic-inspired comfort foods, like Polish Pierogis and Vietnamese Pho, have grown increasingly popular, as consumers, and specifically, Millennials, have become more adventurous and more curious about other cultures.

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Breakfast On the Rise


Posted by Rebekah Wicke on 10/3/17

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Breakfast is on the rise! Thanks, in part, to all-day breakfast offerings, breakfast is one category that’s been seeing some serious transformations. With consumers seeking new and interesting takes on food, breakfast items have been breaking out of the norm. Breakfast isn’t just about eggs and pancakes anymore; it’s about bowls, spicy and savory flavors, avocado toast, portable options, ethnic and regional influences, comfort food and nutritious, protein packed items. Let’s take a look at some of the top breakfast trends we’ve been seeing:

Bountiful Bowls

AdobeStock 76459786Bowls have been taking the frozen aisle and menus by storm in recent years, due to their convenience, versatility and portion control. Bowls can either be super indulgent, or touted as healthy and nutrient packed. It’s no surprise, then, that bowls have grown increasingly popular for breakfast. Smoothie bowls, which feature healthy ingredients like fruit, chia seeds and globs of protein packed peanut butter, in particular have seen substantial growth. Not only are they perfect for breakfast, but they also make a great snack.

Spicy & Savory

When thinking about breakfast foods, a lot of sweet flavors come to mind: maple, banana, strawberry, cinnamon. But now, breakfast is breaking out into spicy and savory flavors. Seeing as breakfast has been moving into other dayparts where sweet flavors are not as prevalent, it only makes sense that breakfast would start taking on spicy and savory flavor profiles. Spicy flavors, specifically, are popular with Millennials, who are looking for more heat across categories.

Avocado Toast

Everyone’s heard about Millennials’ deep love for avocado toast. Not only is avocado toast popular, but other forms of toast with colorful, often times healthful ingredients loaded on top are seeing growth. Why? Social media may play a role in this one. These items are not only healthy and tasty, but they also photograph well for social media.

AdobeStock 80136273Ethnic & Regional Influences

As interest in ethnic cuisines is reaching all new heights, ethnic inspired breakfasts are seeing increases as well. Think Middle Eastern Shakshouka, French Crepes and Mexican Chilaquiles and Huevos Rancheros. Similarly, food items inspired by different regions in the United States have been on the rise too, and for breakfast, Southern items in particular have experienced substantial growth. These items are typically viewed as comfort food, which is also on trend. Think Chicken & Waffles, Biscuits & Gravy and Beignets.

Convenience

Everyone is eating on the go – especially Millennials. Food items need to accommodate Millennials’ busy lifestyles, meaning that they need to be portable. There’s been a substantial increase in portable breakfast options both in foodservice and retail, taking the form of wraps, bowls, and bars.

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Seeing as Millennials are expecting to eat their breakfast on the go, they’re looking for their wrap, bowl or bar to have it all: convenience, portability, nutrition and protein. They want their breakfast items to keep them full and fuel them with protein and nutrients. Not only do they expect their breakfast to be delicious and social media friendly, but it needs to be healthy and nutrient rich too. Consumers have grown increasingly health conscious, and so they’re expecting their breakfast to start their day out right.

Moving Forward with Fuchs

Whether you’re looking for seasoning options to make your products more appealing to health nuts or indulgent snackers, here at Fuchs, we’ve got you covered.

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